Pacific Ocean, BC - Jacob Merkur
I put my lunchbox back in my bulky backpack to keep paddling. Surrounded by me and my peers was the sleeping ocean reflecting the shiny gold sun. The air was brisk and I could see the smoke coming from my exhales. The silence and awe was palpable. Touching the calm lake water over the canoe made my teeth chatter. Upward I saw the sun spreading the clouds. Around me were the irresistible trees providing a stunning view. There was peace in this moment and I had never felt it before.